Whether it is Valentines Day, Christmas, a birthday, or some other red letter day, red is always a fun color to play with. These red activities can stretch over a week.
Start by reading the endearing classic The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse. Give your child a red balloon. Talk about how red makes you feel.
Go through the house finding all the things that are red. Do some rooms have more red than others? Why?
Read No More Red by Bonnie Ferrante. (Yes, that’s me.) Discuss the uses and importance of red. Do a classifying activity. Find pictures of red animals, flowers, etc.
Use old catalogs and magazines to help your child find pictures of things that are red. Cut them out and have your child use a glue stick to create a montage like this one.
Orally sort and classify things that are red. What red things are games? What red things are toys? Etc.
Play with red paint or food coloring. Mix some red with yellow to get orange and mix some red with blue to get green.
There are plenty of other color ideas on the Internet to extend your child’s learning. Of course, if it is nearing Valentine’s Day, cut out red hearts and decorate your child’s room.
Read other great books about red, such as My Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow, Red Wagon by Renata Liwska, Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, Clifford The Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell, and The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.